Vettel's Ferrari can land pole position
Favourite Hamilton could get pipped
Canadian Grand Prix qualifying
Sky Sports F1, 6pm Saturday
After his disappointing Q2 exit in Monaco last time, Lewis Hamilton is a strong 6-5 favourite to go fastest in qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix.
The Mercedes driver set the fastest time in first practice, but was beaten by Ferrari’s Monaco pole-sitter Kimi Raikkonen in Friday’s second session.
Championship leader Sebastian Vettel was only 0.05 seconds behind Hamilton, which suggests Ferrari are set for another strong weekend
Vettel has finished first or second in every race this season and has started no lower than second on the grid in the last three races.
The drivers struggled throughout the first day with the slippery surface of the Montreal circuit, which is barely used outside of Grand Prix weekend.
They should find more grip as more cars run on the road, but getting the tyres to work at their optimum has been the key to success at several races this year and it looks like the same will be true in Canada.
Ferrari have done the better job to this point, and their car seems much less sensitive to changes in track conditions than the Mercedes. That has particularly been the case when the softest compounds of Pirelli tyre have been in use, so with the ultrasoft being the rubber of choice this weekend, Ferrari could be hard to beat in qualifying.
Raikkonen did a superb job to take pole position in Monaco, but that was his first for almost nine years and he has been largely outperformed by Vettel this season.
Practice three, which starts at 3pm, will provide more clues, but the early evidence suggests backing Vettel to take his second pole position of the season.
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